The Paralympic Torch in Lewisham

The Paralympic Torch passed through Lewisham on Wednesday 29th August. You can find out more on the Paralympic Torch Relay site.

The first Paralympic Torch Relay took place at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games. There has been a Torch Relay at every Summer and Winter Paralympic Games held since then.

The London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay began on Wednesday 22 August when four National Flames were created in each of the four home nations – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A flame was created on the highest point of each and taken to the capital city. From 24th to 27th August a ceremonial cauldron was lit in each capital city and the National Flame became the focus for a day of Paralympic celebrations. Friday 24th August – Trafalgar Square, London; Saturday 25th August – Stormont, Belfast; Sunday 26th August – The Mound, Edinburgh; Monday 27th August – City Hall, Cardiff. Each flame was then taken to Stoke Mandeville, considered the home of the Paralympic Movement, where the four flames will be combined at a ceremony on 28th August to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame. Later that evening, a 24-hour Torch Relay started from Stoke Mandeville. Torchbearers working in teams of five carried the Paralympic Flame to the Olympic Stadium to light the Cauldron at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The Torch passed through Deptford on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th August.

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